Supreme Court Hears Arguments On California's Prop 8 And Defense Of Marriage Act

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Plaintiff of the US v. Windsor case challenging the constitutionality... Foto di attualitàComposizione verticale,Corte Suprema,Diamante,Edith Windsor,Fidanzamento,Legge,Lesbica,Luogo d'interesse internazionale,Mass Media,Palazzo di giustizia,Querelante,Regalo,Sezione trasversale,Sfida,Sistema legale,Stati Uniti d'America,Vedova,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPPlaintiff of the US v. Windsor case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 83-year-old lesbian widow Edie Windsor shows a diamond pin which her partner gave as engagement gift as she makes a statement to the media in front the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court tackled same-sex unions for a second day Wednesday, hearing arguments for and against the 1996 US law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. After the nine justices mulled arguments on a California law outlawing gay marriage on Tuesday, they took up a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The 1996 law prevents couples who have tied the knot in nine states -- where same-sex marriage is legal -- from enjoying the same federal rights as heterosexual couples. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)